This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1992 at 12:30 pm, with reports of LECONTE'S, HENSLOW'S, and LARK SPARROWS, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, RAZORBILLS, SNOWY OWL, EURASIAN WIGEON, NORTHERN SHRIKES, RED-NECKED GREBE, DICKCISSELS, BLACK-HEADED GULLS, GLAUCOUS GULLS, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, HARLEQUINS, and local reports of interest.
At Overpeck Park in Ridgefield Park, reached from Rt. 46 via Challenger Blvd., on Feb. 11, the HENSLOW'S SPARROW was seen on the left side of the dirt road, along with an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER up near where the Phragmites meet the road. On Feb. 16, the ORANGE-CROWNED and the LECONTE'S SPARROW were seen, and also AMERICAN PIPIT.
In the Hackensack Meadowlands at the Environmental Center adult BLACK-HEADED GULLS and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen on Feb. 15. Note that you cannot walk the south dike along the edge of the pool until the end of March due to construction.
The LARK SPARROW and the CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at Nurko Rd., Assunpink, were photographed in the same frame last week, and on Feb. 16 and 17 both birds were seen -- the LARK SPARROW mostly on the road edge, about 100 yards from the 90-degree turn, the CLAY-COLORED SPARROW sometimes near the road and sometimes back in the field opposite the house.
The RAZORBILL update includes two off Roosevelt Ave. in Deal on Feb. 11, one at Sandy Hook on Feb. 12, and 3 in Manasquan Inlet Feb. 17. Also at Sandy Hook, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at the North Pond, on the north side, on Feb. 11; a GLAUCOUS GULL was at parking area F on Feb. 16, and a BARN OWL was perched on the wires near Horseshoe Cove on Feb. 17.
Both SNOWY OWLS were at Liberty State Park in Jersey City on Feb. 12. On Feb. 13 the Army Corps of Engineers towed the barge away (where the owls had been roosting). On Feb. 15, neither owl was seen. On Feb. 16, one was rediscovered, visible in a scope on the rocks south of the pier. Also, the EURASIAN WIGEON continues on the north side of Liberty Park; the EARED GREBE was not reported again this week.
NORTHERN SHRIKES were reported this week from Pleasant Plains Rd. at the Great Swamp, and from Thompson Park off Rt. 520, opposite the Christian Brothers Academy, in Lincroft. A RED-NECKED GREBE was reported from the Belmar Marina on Sat., Feb. 15. Seven HARLEQUINS continue at Barnegat Light. The DICKCISSELS continue at Money Island Rd. in Salem County. The BLACK-HEADED GULL was at the Salem Nuclear Plant on Feb. 17. Two albino BLUEBIRDS were reported from Rt. 284 in Sussex Cty south of Oil City Rd. on Feb. 16. The vulture roost continues on Washington Valley Rd. near Morristown. At Fort Mott, Salem County, on Feb. 17, 60 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen on the shoreline. VIRGINIA RAILS continue at the Allendale Celery Farm in Bergen County RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are being seen on a dirt road to the left of the road to the Salem Nuclear Plant just before the marshes begin. We have no recent reports of the GYRFALCON in the Hackensack Meadows.
The Voice of NJ Audubon [(908) 766-2661] is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey. The tape is changed regularly on Wednesdays, more often when necessary. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@ pucc.princeton.edu.] To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (201) 983-9152. Good birding, and thank you for calling.